Using the Windows Phone 7 on a Mac

Adultery! Windows Phone+Mac=SIN ;)

Seems like it anyway, but I’m now a Mac convert and have no Windows PCs in my household anymore. As such, I ventured to explore how well the HTC HD7 would perform on a Mac.

I was initially wondering how it would sync, considering it typically syncs with Zune software on a PC. The Microsoft website had no reference to syncing with Macs from the Help and How-to sections. How biased!

After researching a bit more, there is a software called Windows Phone 7 Connector (for Mac)Beta that will do the job. It’s amazing because it serves as an intermediary between the Windows Phone and tadaaa… your native iTunes! The process becomes slightly more clunky, as you need to manage both your iTunes data and the settings on this connector software.

What Windows Phone 7 Connector can sync

Music, Photos & Videos, Movies & TV Shows, Podcasts

What Windows Phone 7 Connector cannot sync

Contacts, iCal, Notes
* To sync contacts and calendars, you will need to use the cloud. This will be covered in another blog post soon.

The interface for the Windows Phone 7 Connector looks very much like a regular Mac software – almost as if it were made by Apple!

The software allows you to seamlessly sync with your iPhoto library, if you use it. I don’t use iLife, so never shelled out money for it.

All videos in iTunes are automatically displayed, allowing me a choice of which ones I’d like to transfer. Check the videos you want, and you’re done.

I listen to podcasts, and once again, I have the option to either sync all, or select them one by one.

The overall experience was fairly painless, once you know how to manage it and I’m quite impressed, except for the fact syncing contacts and iCal require the usage of the cloud.

8 Comments

  1. Cell phone tracker - December 19, 2010

    As a matter of fact, I do not care about Windows phone 7, a load of crap, MS is too big to move forward.

  2. Cell phone tracker - December 19, 2010

    As a matter of fact, I do not care about Windows phone 7, a load of crap, MS is too big to move forward.

  3. Pmiguelm - April 16, 2011

    “To sync contacts and calendars, you will need to use the cloud. ”
    I would really know how this works, because of it it depends if I purchase or not a Windows Phone 7.
    Thanks

    • Alex Lam - April 24, 2011

      You can use Google Contacts and sync with it, or use Google Calendar. It won’t transfer data from your Mac to the phone just yet. Unless it’s changed since the time I had the phone.

  4. Rick - April 23, 2011

    So when does the ical, contact, “cloud” syncing post pop up. Interested minds want to know! :)

  5. David - September 26, 2011

    Great software however not sure how to sync photos and contacts

  6. Gian Centeno - November 3, 2011

    So, how can we sync iCal calendars to Windows Phone again?

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